Getting around Prague and the Fringe Zone
Many Fringe venues are within walking distance, but when you want to get around the city or back to your accommodation, public transport is the way to go.
1 Buy a transport pass in advance. Prague transport tickets are good for all public transport, from the metro to trams, and buses. A three-day unlimited pass is only 310 CZK (= 12.25 EUR).
If you prefer to use single–ride tickets, we recommend keeping a few in your pocket. These are available at some tram and metro http://www.dpp.cz/en/fares-in-prague/stops, or in corner stores, but they aren’t always easy to find, (or able to take large bills or credit cards, or open at the hour you need one..). The peace of mind is worth investing in advance.
2 Validate your pass (and keep it with you). If you’ve got an unlimited transport pass, you only have to validate it once and put it in your wallet. Single-ride tickets are good for either 30min/24 CZK (= 1 EUR) or 90min/32 CZK (= 1.5 EUR)from the time you validate them. Look for yellow boxes to stamp the time when you enter a metro station, or onboard trams and buses.
Transport officers who monitor the lines may ask riders to produce their ticket at any time – and they don’t take kindly to apologies or explanations, no matter how valid.
3 Know your times Prague transport runs twenty-four hours a day, but there are limitations. The metro stops running between midnight and 5:00am, while night trams and buses run all night with limited stops.
Fringe Hack: Where to Eat
No matter the hour, we’ve got ideas on where to find delicious, reasonably priced food.
Breakfast and brunch:
Start your Fringe day with a hearty breakfast or brunch at Sousto. They offer breakfast classics like smoked salmon and guacamole eggs benedict, ham and eggs, breakfast BLTs as well as delicious sweet and savoury crepes, smoothie bowls, smoothies, toasts, coffees and juices. They're open all day from 08 to 20, and also serve authentic Belgian fries, 100% beef burgers and hotdogs, quesadillas, Czech craft beers and more.
Have a delicious, freshly-prepared meal at La Loca Restaurant. Enjoy beautifully presented and world-class Mediterranean and Middle Eastern-style cuisine created by chef Radim Gerlich. Their sharing menu is ideal for groups of Fringe-goers dining together.
Keep your energy levels up before your first show (open 9.00 – 18:00) with some caffeine and a hand-made sweet treat at Designum Café. Look out for their freshly baked Fringe cupcakes and competition to win a free night’s stay at the neighbouring Golden Key Hotel.
For your evening meal, head to Roesel, a calm hideaway just next to the Charles Bridge. Fill up on simple but high quality food made from good ingredients and cooked with love. Choose the Fringe dish of the day for a wholesome bargain! Delicious local beers on tap, as well as coffee, tea and soft drinks.
Still hungry? We’ve got a full map and more restaurant recommendations here.
TOP TIP! Sign up for Friends of the Fringe membership and get at 20% discount at each of these locations!
Fringe Hack: Insider Advice
- Buy tickets in advance: they’re cheaper and they guarantee you a seat. Some venues only have 20 seats and do sell out!
- Wear comfortable shoes. You'll be doing a lot of walking between venues and it is mostly cobblestones.
- If you’re lost in the programme and don’t know where to begin, pick a venue and stay there for the evening. Be adventurous and take a chance on shows – you might be surprised what you see!
- Head to the at the fringe club after the shows to mingle with the performers, staff and fellow fringe-goers and catch tips for the next day.